We interupt our normal scheduled blogging of twanzphobia to divert to regular feminism.
It was a very wtf moment when I read this:
Police say they are already starting to see an increase in domestic violence in Christchurch following Tuesday’s fatal 6.3-magnitude earthquake.
Family violence and suicide numbers rose following last September’s quake, in which no lives were lost, and anecdotally officers were already starting to see a similar trend of domestic reports emerging, said Superintendent Russell Gibson.
“The stress and trauma of Tuesday’s earthquake is understandably taking its toll, and the continual aftershocks are exacerbating the tiredness and emotional fatigue. However family violence is not OK under any circumstances and it is important that situations are not allowed to escalate.”
He urged the Canterbury community to “take care of one another” as police expect the confirmed death toll of 75 to rise.
“I urge you to take care of one another and pull together. If situations start to get heated at home, take a deep breath and a step back; maybe go for a walk or go and chat things through with a friend or family member.”
Seriously dudes, what the fuck is wrong with you? She did not cause the earthquake.
And what sort of shitty advice is this? If things get ‘heated’ … take a walk? Nope. If things get ‘heated’ start planning your leaving, plan, plan now … and pray that the next earthquake will swallow the abusive prick into the ground.
ETA (June 2011):
Jilla found a document outlining the increase of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, after disasters. Such a shame that the perps remain a mysterious unnamed force. Here’s the clue: MENZ. If they cannot properly name and identify the problem, how the hell do they think they are going to fix it?